12 Jul '12, 8am
Did you see @engineyard at the #Citrix Cloud Computing roadshow? Want to learn more? #PaaS
What is Platform as a Service (PaaS)? Cloud computing, or the delivery of computing and storage as a service, differs from traditional computing in that the cloud model does not require that IT departments build, store and manage all of the hardware and software needed to run applications internally -- which can be very costly and time-consuming. Instead, all of that hardware and software is stored on servers in a remote location, and companies can access as much or little of it as they need to, paying only for what they use. Depending on how much or little a company wants to manage its application infrastructure and development, it may decide to use one of three core layers of cloud computing. Platform as a Service is the middle of those three layers because it provides all of the infrastructure (compute, storage, network services), as well as the application development ...